Chair, Well Living Lab Scientific Advisory Council + Professor of Medicine, Consultant, Mayo Clinic
Nicholas F. LaRusso, M.D., is the Charles H. Weinman Endowed Professor of Medicine, the former Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation (CFI) and Mayo Clinic Center for Connected Care, and a Distinguished Investigator of the Mayo Foundation. He has also held positions as Vice Chair for Research of the Department of Medicine (DOM), Chair of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Chair of the DOM, all at Mayo Clinic.
In 2005, while Chair of the DOM, he created the Program in Innovative Health Care Delivery that included SPARC, a multidisciplinary team of designers and project managers embedded in the Mayo Clinic clinical practice. His approach to transforming the experience and delivery of health care is based on the disciplines of innovation and design thinking; it was modeled on the scientific method including observation, hypothesis generation, prototypes and pilots. This effort led to the creation in 2008 of the CFI currently employing over 50 individuals from diverse disciplines. He coauthored a book entitled “Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast” describing the fusion method of innovation that is the hallmark of Mayo’s CFI. Subsequent to launching the CFI, Dr. LaRusso developed the strategy and business plans for Mayo’s Affiliated Network Initiative as well as Mayo’s new Center for Connected Care to extend Mayo’s expertise beyond bricks and mortar. Dr. LaRusso received his undergraduate degree (magna cum laude) from Boston College, his M.D. degree from New York Medical College, and his training in internal medicine and gastroenterology at Mayo, the latter as an NIH fellow in the laboratory of Alan Hofmann. Before assuming a faculty position at Mayo, he was a guest investigator at the Rockefeller University in the laboratory of the Noble laureate, Christian de Duve. A member of the American Association of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, he is the former editor of GASTROENTEROLOGY and past president of both the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). Among other honors, he is a recipient of a MERIT Award and the Principle Investigator on two R01s and on a Silvio Conte Digestive Diseases Center grant, all from NIH. He has received Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Mayo Alumni Association and both the AGA and the AASLD, the Distinguished Mentor Award and the Julius Friedenwald Medal from the AGA, and was ranked in the top 1% of physicians in the country by US News and World Report.
Professor and Associate Director of the Center for the Built Environment, UC Berkeley
Gail Brager has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, and is a Professor in the Building Science Program of the Dept. of Architecture, at UC Berkeley, and the Associate Director of the Center for the Built Environment, an industry/university collaborative research center with over 40 industry partners from various sectors of the building industry. She has over 30 years of experience in teaching and research across multiple dimensions of sustainability addressing the design, operation, and assessment of buildings to simultaneously minimize energy consumption while enhancing indoor environmental quality. She has particular interests in thermal comfort and adaptation, occupant well-being, natural ventilation and mixed-mode buildings, and personalized environmental control. Among her many service activities, Dr. Brager was the founding Chair of the Research Committee of the US Green Building Council. She is an ASHRAE Fellow and Past-President of the Golden Gate ASHRAE Chapter.
Professor of Health Policy and Management, and Pediatrics, Fielding School of Public Health + the Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
Jonathan Fielding, M.D., is chair of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services and was a founding member of the U.S. Clinical Preventive Services Task Force. He currently is a Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management and Pediatrics in the Fielding School of Public Health and the Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Fielding served for 16 years as the director of public health and health officer for the Los Angeles County. Formerly, he was Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health. Dr. Fielding received board certification from the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He served as president and regent for the American College of Preventive Medicine. He has authored or coauthored more than 300 original articles, commentaries, editorials and chapters on various aspects of public health, preventive medicine, and health services. Dr. Fielding is an elected member of the Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and has served on its Population Health and Public Health Practice Board. He is the longstanding editor of the Annual Review of Public Health and a presidentially appointed member of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health to the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council. Dr. Fielding also served as a Director and Chair of the National Truth Initiative, dedicated to reducing tobacco use, and a Director of Shatterproof, a non-profit fighting addiction nationally.
Dr. Fielding received his medical degree with honors from Harvard School of Medicine and a master of public health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Fielding received his MBA in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Senior Investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Dr. Kevin Hall received his Ph.D. in Physics from McGill University and is now a tenured Senior Investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda MD. His main research interests are the regulation of food intake, macronutrient metabolism, energy balance, and body weight. Dr. Hall’s laboratory performs experiments in humans and rodents and develops mathematical models and computer simulations to help design, predict, and interpret experimental data. Dr. Hall is the recipient of the NIH Director’s Award, the NIDDK Director’s Award, the Lilly Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society, the Guyton Award for Excellence in Integrative Physiology from the American Society of Physiology, and his award-winning Body Weight Planner (http://BWPlanner.niddk.nih.gov) has been used by millions of people to help predict how diet and physical activity dynamically interact to affect human body weight.
Professor of Medicine and Physiology and a Consultant in the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic
Bruce Johnson, Ph.D., is a Professor of Medicine and Physiology and a Consultant in the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases. He has joint appointments in Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine as well as in the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering. He is the Director of the Mayo Clinical Research Unit’s Energy Balance Core Laboratory and directs his own research laboratory in human integrative and environmental physiology. The majority of his research has focused on factors limiting human performance in various clinical syndromes, in athletes and under extreme environmental conditions. He has led field studies in Antarctica, funded through the National Science Foundation, on Mt Aconcagua in Argentina and Mt Everest and studied unique populations such as breath hold divers in Croatia and F22 pilots from the US Air Force. His clinical research focuses on novel methods for detection and tracking chronic disease as well as environmental factors that may be involved in disease risk. His laboratory also works closely with consumer and medical device companies that track health status through wearable or passive sensing as well as with early phase supplement and pharmaceutical company products. NIH, DOD, NSF, State of Minnesota and Industry have funded his work.
Federal Director, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, in the US General Services Administration.
Kevin Kampschroer has created the framework for which the General Service Administration (GSA) responds to the challenges of improving a diverse and aging portfolio of commercial buildings so that they can serve the mission needs of their occupants, support effective work, and deliver solid financial performance. He leads GSA’s weather and climate-related risk management and greenhouse gas emissions reductions, concentrating on cost-effective energy and water efficiencies. His work on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act accomplished the mandate to move GSA’s Federal building inventory toward high-performance green buildings. He has devised a challenge for companies to dramatically improve the government’s ability to achieve deep retrofits through Energy Savings Performance contracts—which has doubled the amount of energy conservation from these contracts. His team manages the government’s implementation of a comprehensive improvement in the training and certification of facility managers and personnel across the entire Federal government (Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010). His most recent publication as a contributing author is the first medical study showing the link between building characteristics on office worker stress and heart function-which showed the beneficial results of good lighting, natural light and IEQ. His goal is to influence and accelerate industry capability and adoption of high-performance principles across all aspects of asset creation, operation, maintenance and disposal. He has worked on developing new energy conservation legislation, in expanding the scope of sustainable design and training, as well as the creation of rigorous environmental management systems. Mr. Kampschroer led the creation of real estate portfolio management; the establishment of performance measures linked to pay and budget; and was the project manager for the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Trade Center, then the second largest office building in the United States (344 M2 ). Mr. Kampschroer has worked for GSA for more than 40 years and is a graduate of Yale University.
Professor of Pediatrics, Head of the Laboratory of Pediatrics, University Medical Center Groningen (Umcg), Groningen, the Netherlands
Folkert Kuipers, Ph.D. is Professor of Pediatrics and head of the Laboratory of Pediatrics at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), Groningen, the Netherlands. From September 2008-March 2016 he served as Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the UMCG. He studied biology/biochemistry at the University of Groningen and received his Ph.D. degree in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Groningen. His research program deals with regulation and development of lipid and cholesterol metabolism and transport in liver and intestine and with the interactions between carbohydrate and lipid metabolism in metabolic disorders associated with obesity and ageing. He is one of the initiators of the Alliance for Healthy Aging, a transatlantic network organization. He is (co-) author of >300 peer-reviewed publications and has supervised >25 Ph.D. theses. He served, amongst others, as member of the Scientific Committees of the European Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (EASL), the European Lipoprotein Club (ELC) and the Dutch Atherosclerosis Society (DAS). Currently, he is a member of the Dutch Permanent National Committee Large Research Infrastructure and of the External Advisory Boards of the Pasteur Institute in Lille (France) and the Robert & Arlene Kogod Center for Aging Research at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN, USA).
Neuroscientist, Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Steven Lockley, Ph.D. is a Neuroscientist in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Affiliated Faculty in the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard School of Public Health. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University, Melbourne and a Program Leader for the CRC for Alertness, Safety and Productivity in Australia.
Dr. Lockley received his BSc (Hons) degree in Biology from the University of Manchester, UK in 1992 and a Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of Surrey after studying circadian rhythms in the blind. He has over 20 years’ experience on sleep and circadian rhythm research, and is a specialist in the effects of light on the circadian pacemaker and other ‘non-visual’ responses to light in sighted and blind individuals. He has studied the role of light timing, duration, intensity, wavelength and history and most notably to date, the wavelength sensitivity of the circadian photoreception system, supporting the remarkable earlier discovery of a novel non-rod, non-cone short-wavelength sensitive photoreceptor in ganglion cell layer of the human eye. Dr. Lockley has studied extensively the effects of blindness on sleep, circadian rhythm and alertness in laboratory and real-world settings, and has also studied the therapeutic benefits of light. He is currently performing functional ground, analog and flight tests of new ‘tunable’ solid-state lighting for the International Space Station. He has published more than 100 original reports, reviews, chapters and editorials on sleep and circadian rhythms and the NIH, NASA and others fund his research. He consults with a number of companies in the areas of sleep, circadian rhythms, light, jetlag and shiftwork. He recently co-authored ‘Sleep: A Very Short Introduction‘ from Oxford University Press. https://sleep.med.harvard.edu/people/faculty/163
FAIA, LEED AP, University Professor, Paul Mellon Professor, Andrew Mellon Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Vivian Loftness is a University Professor and former Head of the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. She is an internationally renowned researcher, author and educator with over thirty years of focus on environmental design and sustainability, advanced building systems integration, climate and regionalism in architecture, and design for performance in the workplace of the future. She has served on ten National Academy of Science (NAS) panels, the NAS Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment and has given four Congressional testimonies on sustainability. Vivian is recipient of the National Educator Honor Award from the American Institute of Architecture Students and the Sacred Tree Award from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). She received her BS and MS in Architecture from MIT and served on the National Boards of the USGBC, AIA Committee on the Environment, Green Building Alliance, Turner Sustainability, and the Global Assurance Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She is a registered architect and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Consultant, Mayo Clinic
Véronique L. Roger, M.D., MPH, a graduate of the Paris, France Medical School and the Minnesota School of Public Health, is the Elizabeth C. Lane and Nadine M. Zimmerman Professor of Internal Medicine, and Professor of Epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. She is a cardiologist, epidemiologist, and outcomes researcher. Her research program focuses on the occurrence and outcomes of cardiovascular diseases and has been continuously funded by NIH since 1996. It is linked within the internationally recognized Rochester Epidemiology Project.
As the founding Director of the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science in Health Care Delivery, she was responsible for multicenter large scale data partnerships focused on the research use of clinical data. Dr. Roger leads one of 13 Clinical Data Research Networks funded by the U.S. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. These multisite data networks originate in healthcare systems and securely collect health information during the course of patient care. Dr. Roger serves on several national committees that focus on data sciences, the use of clinical data for research and pragmatic trials. As a clinician, researcher and leader formally trained in medicine and epidemiology, Dr. Roger has extensive experience with the use of clinical data for research and improvement in the delivery of care.
Author & Director of Research in the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program, Mayo Clinic
Amit Sood, M.D., is director of research in the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He also chairs the Mind-Body Medicine Initiative at Mayo Clinic and is a professor of medicine in the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Sood has developed an innovative approach toward stress management and resiliency by incorporating concepts from neuroscience, psychology, philosophy and spirituality. Several National Institutes of Health and foundation grants support his research into developing integrative and mind-body approaches in conventional medical care and promoting well-being. He is the author of the book, The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living.
He has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed original articles, as well as editorials, and book chapters. In 2008, ODE Magazine named him as one of 20 “Intelligent Optimists,” who are helping the world become a better place.
Dr. Sood completed his internal medicine training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, an integrative medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in clinical research at Mayo Clinic.
Vice President, Chief Health Transformation Officer, IBM Watson Health, Consulting Associate Professor of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics) at Stanford University
At Watson Health, Dr. Tang is responsible for ensuring that IBM technologies, capabilities and data are applied to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities, using cognitive insights.
Prior to coming to Watson Health, Dr. Tang was Chief Innovation and Technology Officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), overseeing the David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation, a disruptive innovation center focused on grand challenges in health. He was the first to implement an electronic health record system in California in 1999 and co-developed the personal health record system with Epic in 2000. Currently, over 86% of PAMF patients are using the personal health record system.
Dr. Tang has dedicated his professional career to improving the quality of health care in America, innovative uses of health information technology (HIT), empowering patients through HIT, and shaping public policy to enhance health and health care in the US. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and has served on numerous IOM study committees, including a patient-safety committee he chaired that published two reports: Patient Safety: A New Standard for Care, and Key Capabilities of an Electronic Health Record System.
Dr. Tang received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford University and is a Board-certified practicing Internist.
“Integrating medical science and building science together to improve human health is the new frontier in wellness.”
Brent Bauer, M.D., serves as medical director for the Well Living Lab. He is a member of the staff at Mayo Clinic where he is a professor of medicine, and he is board-certified in Internal Medicine. His main research interest has been the scientific evaluation of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies that patients and consumers are using with increasing frequency. He has authored several book chapters and more than 100 papers on this topic. His work is at the forefront of the emerging field of integrative medicine, which combines the best of conventional medicine with the best of evidence-based complementary therapies.
Dr. Bauer is a member of numerous scientific review panels and is currently collaborating on more than 20 studies being conducted at Mayo Clinic evaluating CAM therapies, ranging from acupuncture to valerian. He is the medical director of Rejuvenate, a spa at Mayo Clinic Healthy Living and the medical editor of the Mayo Clinic Book of Integrative Medicine.
“The Well Living Lab epitomizes innovation, from the spirit of our parent companies, Delos and Mayo Clinic, to our amazing multidisciplinary team, to our alliance ecosystem and expert scientific advisory council, to our passion to translate and apply our discoveries to positively impact human health and well-being. I am so honored to help lead the movement.”
As managing director of the Well Living Lab, Barbara Spurrier provides leadership and strategic direction to the endeavor. In addition, she is senior vice president, at Delos. From 2008 to January 2016, Spurrier served as administrative director of Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation (CFI), responsible for building CFI from the ground up, with a mission to transform the delivery and experience of health and health care and advance a competency of innovation across Mayo Clinic.
Spurrier has held professional appointments as vice chair, Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine, chief of Ambulatory Care at Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) and senior administrator at HealthPartners in Minneapolis. She has been active with the University of Minnesota, serving as a preceptor for students, a member of the MHA Alumni Board and participating as a guest lecturer in the business school. Spurrier has a Leadership Quality Blackbelt Certification from the Juran Institute, is past president of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Academic Practice Assembly, served on the MGMA Board of Directors and is a certified medical practice executive (CMPE). She is co-author of the 2015 book Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast : A Blueprint for Transformation from the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation.
Spurrier received a B.A. degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Health Care Administration (MHA) from the University of Minnesota. She held various training positions at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Minnesota Department of Health and Minneapolis Veteran’s Administration Medical Center and the Aga Khan Hospital in east Africa.
“Innovation in science depends on our ability to integrate ideas from a variety of fields and specialties and that’s what we are doing.”
Sara Aristizabal, Ph.D., has a keen interest in the development of new techniques and biometric indicators to assess the health and wellness of the human body under varying conditions. She contributes to the Well Living Lab’s scientific endeavors related to the study of stress and resiliency.
Aristizabal specializes in signal processing, biological modeling and clinical research.
Her knowledge of the wearables research field helps us use the power of digital physiological signals to further understand the effect of the indoor environment on human health and well-being.
After earning a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Escuela de Ingenieria de Antioquia in Colombia, she received a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering and Physiology from Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She has worked on the development of algorithms for optimization of wearable devices.
While earning her Ph.D., Aristizabal focused on developing theory and experimental approaches to evaluate the mechanical properties of soft tissues as a screening tool for various diseases using medical ultrasound. As a graduate student, she was in charge of research grants aimed at developing an alternative to invasive needle biopsy for monitoring acute rejection in transplanted organs. Aristizabal was responsible for the design of the clinical research protocols, establishing lines of communication, delegating and coordinating the tasks between the clinical care team, sonographers, study coordinators, and the research team.
Aristizabal has been involved in an Initiative for Medical Equipment Sustainability (IMES) at Mayo Clinic, which aims at enhancing medical equipment availability and sustainability in Central America. She also is a director at Delos.
“I love that I get work on an interdisciplinary team with such a diverse group of scientists. Not only are we working towards a common goal of developing actionable solutions to improve health and well-being in people, but I also get the opportunity to learn from my colleagues and look at problems from different perspectives.”
Carolina Campanella, Ph.D., investigates the impact of the built environment on human health and well-being, with an emphasis on behavior and cognition. She also is building our body of knowledge on sleep. Besides conducting primary research at the Well Living Lab, she holds responsibilities as senior director with Delos Labs and supports other divisions of Delos as a consultant.
Campanella earned a Ph.D. degree and M.A. degree in Psychology, with an emphasis on human cognition and development, from Emory University and a B.S. degree in Biology from Purdue University. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. There, her primary research focus was investigating the effect of naps on cognition in preschoolers. She also examined how environmental factors such as television exposure, diet and exercise impacted preschoolers’ sleep and potential links between brain maturation, sleep and napping frequency in early childhood.
Her doctoral research focused on the benefits of sleep on cognitive functioning in adults, specifically on memory and emotional processing. It also broadly focused on memory formation and consolidation. Campanella investigated the effects of emotion on memory and the development of autobiographical memory. She also has collaborated on research investigating the neurobiological correlates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease.
“I am a firm believer that good public health starts with high quality buildings.”
Nicholas Clements, Ph.D., is a consulting research engineer at the Well Living Lab with interest in human-building interactions, particularly the sources of and exposure to air pollutants. He is involved in advancing the lab’s understanding of the role of comfort in human health and well-being.
Clements’ work includes environmental sensing, building controls and data analysis. He brings to the lab research experience in indoor and ambient air quality, indoor and ambient air microbial communities, airborne infection control and human-building interactions.
Before working with the lab, Clements was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Colorado Boulder where he worked for two years researching a method of expanding negative pressure isolation room capacity at a hospital in the event of an airborne disease pandemic. During his Ph.D., he led a four-year ambient air quality monitoring campaign with the aims of understanding the composition, sources and health impact of fine and coarse aerosols in urban and rural Colorado communities. In his 10 years attending the University of Colorado Boulder, Clements received a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate degree from the Mechanical Engineering department.
“Our vision to improve people’s lives keeps me going – what matters is knowing the work we are doing will be part of the future for our children and grandchildren.”
Kevin Hovde is a senior project manager at the Well Living Lab. Hovde has experience and expertise in clinical operations, supplies management, strategic opportunity analysis and cost containment efforts. He organizes and tracks all studies and major projects conducted in the lab.
Hovde holds an MBA and project management professional (PMP) certification. He has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2004. Hovde has served as an operations manager for Mayo Clinic Surgical Services, working collaboratively with physician and administrative leaders and held the role of asset administrator at Mayo Clinic, coordinating a surgical services project team involved in facility planning, construction and oversight. Currently Hovde is a senior project manager for Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation.
Previously, he worked in strategic procurement for Crenlo in Rochester, Minnesota and was an assistant branch manager at Fastenal.
“I feel like I am improving the world for other people. I get to use psychology and cognitive science to find unexpected connections and creative solutions based on how people react to their environment.”
Anja Jamrozik, Ph.D., applies behavioral science to identify ways to improve the design of the built environment. Many of her contributions support the lab’s research focus on human performance. As a consulting researcher, she leads and supports research projects testing the effects of the indoor environment on productivity, mood, satisfaction and well-being. She also led the development of an app to measure cognitive function of people involved in the lab’s studies while they experience a variety of environmental conditions.
Before working with the Well Living Lab, Jamrozik was a postdoctoral research fellow in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. She received a B.Sc. in psychology and cognitive science from McGill University and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Northwestern University. Her academic research focused on people’s reasoning, language use, spatial cognition, metaphor and the development of abstract concepts.
Jamrozik also is a digital associate editor at the Psychonomic Society, where she writes articles geared to a general audience on psychology and cognitive science findings.
“My job satisfaction comes from knowing that the work we do makes a positive difference in people’s lives.”
Laura Kjarland is the Well Living Lab’s Innovation Coordinator and brings to her role nearly 14 years of experience in various lead and management roles at Mayo Clinic. She began her career at Mayo Clinic as an American Board of Opticianry Certified (ABOC) Optician and National Contact Lens Examiners Certified (NCLEC) technician and served assistant optical and assistant clinical supervisor roles for the Ophthalmology Department. She served on the Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) working closely with engaged patients and family members to help improve their experience while receiving care. Kjarland also worked with a multidisciplinary team to reduce patient wait times from scheduling to appointment at Mayo’s Northeast Eye Clinic. She and the team earned Silver Level Mayo Clinic Quality Fellow Certification for their work on this project. Before joining the lab in 2018, she served as an appointment office supervisor for the Departments of Cardiovascular Disease and Cardiovascular Surgery (CV/CVS). During her time with CV/CVS, the appointment offices engaged in numerous quality initiatives to improve appointment services for patients and providers. She was also involved with the implementation of Mayo’s new electronic health record (EHR) for the CV/CVS appointment offices.
Kjarland holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Winona State University and Master of Arts in Healthcare Administration from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She is employed by Mayo Clinic.
“I’m passionate about how technology plays a key role as a strategic enabler for any business.”
Chi Lam is the director of technology for the Well Living Lab. He also is a vice president at Delos. Lam has more than 20 years of technology and leadership experience, and focuses on technology’s role as a strategic enabler for business. He works with the lab to determine overall information technology (IT) strategies, tasks and prioritization and provides direction to IT staff to ensure that goals and objectives are met. He also focuses on bringing cutting-edge technology to the lab for research endeavors.
Before his position with the lab, Lam was an IT unit head at Mayo Clinic. He led the cloud planning services team in creating an enterprise platform and was responsible for the establishment of a new Infrastructure and Operations (I&O) Architecture and Planning team and co-leading the creation of the I&O Architecture Board.
Before working at Mayo Clinic, Lam was employed at IBM and held various software development and management leadership positions. One of his key roles was a two-year assignment as a senior manager of IBM’s Tivoli product in Beijing, China. He led more than 100 software engineers to drive better product quality through mature and automated testing methodology.
Lam earned both an M.S. degree in electrical engineering and computer science and a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois in Chicago.
“I get to share with the world what’s happening at the lab and why it matters, stimulating positive change and progress for society.”
Suzanne Leaf-Brock is the director of communications and marketing for the Well Living Lab. Her 40-year career in brand management, marketing, communications, public relations and business relations has included Mayo Clinic leadership positions in the Department of Public Affairs, including director roles for the office of brand management, business marketing, philanthropic communications, diversification activities and marketing communications. She has worked with corporations and organizations that have relationships with Mayo to achieve mutually beneficial marketing and communications opportunities. Her experience also includes seven years at a public relations agency serving national agribusiness accounts and reporter and editor roles at two daily newspapers.
Leaf-Brock earned a master’s degree in organizational leadership from St. Mary’s University, a mini M.B.A. from St. Thomas University and a bachelor’s degree from University of Iowa. She is employed by Mayo Clinic.
“The tools I help develop in the lab are used to capture insights into how we can improve the indoor living environment to better suit our needs as humans. That’s satisfying and fulfilling.”
Shaun Ly’s primary role is supporting the maintenance, performance and optimization of the mechanical infrastructure and data collection capabilities of the Well Living Lab. He specializes in product development, particularly hardware design. Ly participates in the development of methodologies and procedures that will further direct research initiatives. He also assists in the collection of data, measuring the performance of sensors and building control systems. His areas of expertise extend to power analysis and sustainable energy.
Ly received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in power and sustainable energy from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities where he investigated renewable energy implementation methods. Notably, Ly participated in the implementation of Luminescent Solar Concentrators – an emerging technology – as a way of educating students and faculty in cost-effective energy. He also is a research analyst for Delos.
“I think of the end goal, and how our science can influence people’s thinking. When people change their perceptions about their interactions with indoor spaces, it’s a step in the right direction.”
As a behavioral research analyst, Paige Porter assists in the design and execution of research protocols, and the collection and analysis of behavioral data from Well Living Lab studies. In collaboration with researchers from diverse academic backgrounds, Porter works on formatting institutional review board (IRB) proposals, survey questions and coding measures for the lab.
Before joining the lab, Porter worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Social Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There, she conducted developmental research that focused on mapping the country’s geographical food environment onto longitudinal data to better understand the role that the built environment plays in a child’s day-to-day family life. As the head research assistant in the lab, she coordinated and disseminated tasks to other lab research assistants to further facilitate data cleaning and analysis. She also reviewed geographic information systems (GIS) methodology in the social sciences.
Porter received a B.A. degree in Psychology and French from the University of Michigan. She also is a research analyst for Delos.
“I view scientific knowledge from the perspective of Richard Feynman: a body of statements of varying degrees of certainty. At the Well Living Lab, we’re advancing the body of work about indoor environments and health.”
Christian Ramos serves as the business analyst atthe Well Living Lab, which includes overseeing regulatory affairs and Institutional Review Board compliance. He is also in charge of procurement and purchasing. Ramos develops budget proposals; makes financial recommendations to the leadership team; and manages relationships with vendors and service providers. He also supports the lab’s primary research studies.
Ramos has expertise in environmental health, public health, regulatory affairs and project management. Previously he managed several clinical trials at the Yale School of Medicine and was responsible for coordinating patient care and overseeing the regulatory requirements of trials. He also served on Yale’s Institutional Review Board.
Ramos holds a Master of Public Health degree with a focus on environmental health sciences and regulatory affairs from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology from the University of California Berkeley. His work has been published in several peer-reviewed academic journals. He is a senior director for Delos.
“I am passionate about utilizing technology to its fullest potential in producing cost effective outcomes.”
Sarang Shah has leveraged his technology background and experience to help build a scalable, high performance cloud-based solution with sophisticated real-time analytics to enable the lab to gather indoor environmental data including air quality, temperature and biometric data from wearables, and run studies to better understand the effects of indoor environment on human health and well-being. He also leads a data resource management effort with a multi-disciplinary team to better understand the data needs of the lab and build architecture, policies, practices and procedures to help manage the data lifecycle needs of the lab.
Shah graduated from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles with an M.S. degree in computer science where his research focused on advances and implementation for networking and information security technologies. He worked at a startup company with roots at Stanford University where he developed highly configurable platforms that enabled rapid development of integration solutions between enterprise systems with standalone human resource management software suites. He also worked at a catastrophe risk modeling company and helped develop property risk assessment software solutions used by many of the nation’s Fortune 500 insurance companies prior to moving to Rochester in late 2004 and joining Mayo Clinic.
At Mayo Clinic, Shah built a team in charge of Mayo’s internally developed clinical physician ordering system. He also joined Mayo’s scheduling systems team to help enhance scheduling efficiencies in the clinical environment.
Shah is passionate about cutting-edge technologies and successfully built a home automation solution to help maintain a comfortable indoor environment. He is a past member of the IEEE Society.
“I’m feeding my fascination with technology to move indoor wellness research forward.”
Brant Staven brings 20 years of information technology experience to the Well Living Lab. He has experience in front-end and back-end programming, web development and cloud applications. He develops solutions to gather research data to study indoor health and well-being. Staven applies his interests in the Internet of Things, wireless sensors and actuators, internet capable systems-on-a-chip, big data and cloud computing.
After earning a bachelor of arts degree in Computer Science from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, Staven helped develop software for Best Buy and consulting firm Accenture Technology Solutions. Later he joined Mayo Clinic’s Emergency Department to lead the design and development effort for a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant, real-time multi-patient situational awareness dashboard for patient flow. He also led the development of the Mayo Clinic Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center wellness patient record.
In 2012, Staven joined startup DoApp Inc., a mobile application and ad network company, which develops mobile apps for the news publishing and broadcast industries. In February 2016, he rejoined Mayo Clinic to work with the Well Living Lab.
“I like being a part of a team that is focused on its mission, and for the lab, that means transforming human health and wellness in the indoor environment.”
Carole Wolfe is the administrative assistant for the Well Living Lab and has worked at Mayo Clinic for 17 years in a number of administrative leadership roles. She has served as the medical secretary lead for Mayo Clinic’s Department of Surgery, Division of General Surgery and was assistant supervisor-administrative assistants in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.
In her role with the Well Living Lab, she supports all team members and organizes activities with lab visitors and alliance members. She also coordinates administrative needs between Delos, Mayo Clinic and the lab. She is a member of the Mayo Clinic Collaborative for Innovation in the Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.
“I believe we can achieve something of real impact and innovation by bringing building science and health science together. The Well Living Lab motivates me because of the open-minded and cooperative research environment.”
Rongpeng Zhang, Ph.D. is a building scientist at the Well Living Lab. His primary research focus is building performance modeling and simulation and simulation-based optimization of building design and operation. He works on the built environment control, building technology evaluation, and building energy system operation to support the lab’s multi-disciplinary research on building-human interactions.
Before joining the Well Living Lab team, Zhang worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. There he served as a primary investigator for several Department of Energy and industrial research projects. He was the developer of several major modules in the Department of Energy–supported EnergyPlus building simulation engine, including the modeling of variable refrigerant flow systems with heat recovery (VRF-HR) and the modeling of HVAC operational faults.
Zhang earned a Ph.D. in Building Performance and Diagnostics program from Carnegie Mellon University. His doctoral research centered on the dynamic optimization of integrated HVAC operations and the development of web-based information technology infrastructures and regulatory repositories for green building codes (iCodes). He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Built Environment and Facilities Engineering at Tongji University. He also is a senior director at Delos.
“I am innately inquisitive and driven by exploring new territories and developing new knowledge that makes an impact on the world.”
Before joining Delos, he worked at Lutron Electronics, one of the biggest lighting control companies in the worked, as a senior building science engineer.
As a researcher, Zhao focuses on human-building interactions, including smart building controls, occupant behavior in buildings, building information and performance modeling and indoor environmental quality and its impact on human health and well-being. He has published 20+ scientific articles and serves as a reviewer for more than 10 top tier academic journals and conferences. As a public speaker, he has spoken at dozens of academic and industry conferences and panels.
Zhao received his Ph.D. in Building Performance and Diagnostics from Carnegie Mellon University, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Automation from Tongji University in Shanghai, China. He cares about animal welfare, environmental protection and public health in developing countries. Currently, he is a Guide to the Resolution Project, a non-governmental organization (NGO) developing socially responsible young leaders and empowering them to make a positive impact today. He also volunteered at World Wildlife Fund in China (WWF) in college, and has been a contributor to WWF, African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and Liberty Human Society. Zhao is a senior vice president at Delos.